On the Edge of Clear Meaning

On the Edge of Clear Meaning
by John C Wood

John Wood On the Edge of Clear Meaning (see below) is a book and DVD published on the occasion of a retrospective of John Wood’s work, November 2008, at the Visual Studies Workshop, George Eastman House and Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. It includes an assessment of John’s work by David Levi Strauss, a complete biography and bibliography compiled by William Johnson, and an assessment of Wood’s important role as an educator for over thirty years by Ezra Shales.


Lyons, Nathan (ed.). John Wood On the Edge of Clear Meaning, Steidl, 2009.

Hirsch, Robert. Transformational Imagemaking Handmade Photography Since 1960, Focal Press, 2014.

Schwendener, Martha. “Origins Story Through a Modern Lens Experimental Photography at Aipad’s Photography Show,” New York Times, 10 April 2014.

Johnson, William. “John Wood (Polaroid Project IV),”  vintagephotosjohnson, 8 March 2013.

Budick, Ariella. “The Eternal In-Betweener,” The Financial Times, 27 May 2009, 11.

Hall, Scott. “In Focus | John Wood,” TMagazine, 3 September 2009.

Rosenberg, Karen. “A Photographer Who Refused to Think Like a Photographer,” New York Times, 21 May 2009.

Smith, Keith A. 200 Books, An Annotated Bibliography, Rochester, NY, 2000.

Innovation & Imagination, 50 Years of Polaroid Photo, H Abrams Co, NY, NY, 1999.

Russ, Chris. “New Genre of Art Rustles Its Pages in Homer,” Homer News, 20 May 1999.

Shefrin, Jessie, Joseph Scheer, Peer Bode and Andrew Deutsch. Interview with John Wood, unpublished videotape, October 1997.

Johnson, William and Susan Cohen. “Quiet Protest: Recent Work by John Wood: Conversation with the Artist,” The Consort, Sept. 1992

Smith, Keith A. Structure of the Visual Book, Rochester, NY, 1984, 1992.

The Landscape in Question, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, 1990.

“The Art of John Wood,” 4 x 4, Four Photographers by Four Writers, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1988.

Recent Collages and Rock Drawings, exhibition catalog, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Cortland, NY, 1988.

Under-Construction, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield,MI, 1988.

Cohen, Susan. “John Wood by Susan E. Cohen,” 4 x 4 Four Photographers by Four Writers, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1987. (Also Eileen Cowan by Mark Johnstone, Nathan Lyons by Leroy Searle, Mary Ellen Mark by Shelley Rice)

Gauss, Kathleen and Andy Grundberg, Photography and Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1987.

Snyder, Laurie S. Monograph on John Wood, Artist and Teacher, MFA Thesis, Syracuse University, Bird Library, Syracuse, NY, 1987.

Cohen, Susan and William S. Johnson. Horses, Sea Lions, and Other Creatures: Robert Frank, Dave Heath, Robert Heinekin and John Wood, Belmont, MA: Joshua Press, 1986.

Fallen, Ann-Catherine & Kevin Osborn. In Context, Contemporary Artist’s Books & Their Antecedents, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA,1986.

Gonchar, Nancy. John Wood, exhibition catalog, Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery, Lightwork, Syracuse, NY, 1986.

Vandersteel, Dorothy. Extending the Perimeters of Twentieth Century Photography, exhibition catalog, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1986.

WPA Document, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, 1986.

Jussim, Estelle & Elizabeth Lindquist-Cock. Landscape as Photograph: Reflection on Nature, Art & Ideology, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1985.

Green, Jonathan & James Friedman, American Photography, Abrams, NY, 1984.

Johnstone, Mark. “Subtle marks, subtle humor,”  Artweek, 12 Feb 1983.

Peter, Susan Dodge.  The Photographer’s Hand, exhibition catalogue, International Museum of Photography, & Smithsonian Museum, 1980-82.

Coke, Van Deren.  The Markers, exhibition catalog, San Francisco MOMA, 1981.

Traub, Charles. “Photographic education comes of age,” Aperture, # 87, 1981.

Hagen, Charles. “An Interview with John Wood,” Afterimage, (4)7, 1977.

Johnson, Diana L. and Aaron Siskind. Spaces, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1977.

Photographs: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Collection, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1977.

Tucker, Ann, ed. The Target Collection of American Photography, exhibition catalogue, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, 1977.

12 Photographers, exhibition catalog, NOVA, Cleveland, OH, May, 1975.

Scully, Ed. “Photocollage: It’s New Again,” Modern Photography, vol 39#3, 1975.

Sweetman, Alex. “Reading the Bread Book and a Ten Page Note: The Experience Exceeds the Information”, Afterimage, vol.2, #1, 1974.

Parker, Bart. The Multiple Image, exhibition catalog, Creative Photography Gallery, M.I.T. Cambridge, MA, and the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, 1972.

The Art of Photography: Life Library of Photography,  Time-Life Books, NY, 1971.

The Print: Life Library of Photography, Time-Life Books, NY, 1970, 1971.

12 x 12, Rhode Island School of Design, Alumni Bulletin, #27 #1, March, 1970.

Lyons, Nathan, ed. Vision and Expression, Horizon Press, New York, 1969.

“John Wood,” Five Photographers, exhibition catalog, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1968. (also Eikoh Hosoe, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Josef Sudek, Gary Winogrand)

Lyons, Nathan (ed.). “John Wood,” Contemporary Photographers The Persistence of Vision, George Eastman House, 1967. (Also Donald Blumberg, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Ray K. Metzger, Charles Gill, Robert Heineken)

Lyons, Nathan. Photography in the Twentieth Century, Horizon Press in collaboration with the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, 1967.


Bentley, Louise Cheney Wood. Memories, unpublished, 1989.

Bernstein, Melvin H. Art and Design at Alfred A Chronicle of a Ceramics College, The Art Alliance Press, Philadelphia, 1986.

Carney, Margaret. Alfred Teaches Ceramics, 1900-1996, The Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY, 1996.

VITA (alumni publication), School of Art & Design, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, 1995-96.


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